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1st Bi-Annual Art and Antiques on the Avenue

The 1st Bi-Annual Dania Beach Art and Antiques on the Avenue takes place June 3rd and 4th on NW First Avenue in downtown Dania Beach, Florida. Locally renowned artists have created sweeping sculptures to be placed along First Avenue to celebrate the revitalization of downtown Dania Beach as an art and antiques district. Concurrently, a commissioned work will be selected to adorn the soon-to-be renovated Dania Beach City Hall. The selected sculpture will be unveiled at a gala opening evening for Art and Antiques on the Avenue on June 2nd kicking off the weekend event. The Dania Beach Art and Antiques on the Avenue is expected to draw hundreds of artists and antique dealers who will be showcasing their wares. Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the show and sale that will also feature food, fun and special festivities for all ages.

Come out and celebrate the resurgence of Dania Beach from a sleepy seaside town to a cultured art and antiques destination and catches up in development with the rest of South Florida. Dania Beach has long been known as Broward County's "First City" and the "Antiques Capital of South Florida," and Dania Beach's revitalization is well under way with such cultural events as the Art and Antiques on the Avenue.

Artist Profile:
By Peggy Austen

The first of at least four public art installations on U.S. 1 rose quietly but dramatically this last week. Called, "Ambition" and "Spirit," they are the creative work of local sculptor, Felix Gonzalez, the first artist recognized by the City of Dania Beach and the Arts Council of Dania Beach in its new initiative, "Art on Federal." The two, three-dimensional abstract pieces symbolizing both the complexities and the free-flowing spiritual side of life, are formed from recycled materials, covered in silver and framed in flaming red. The results are both powerful and thought provoking.

Gonzalez, a former Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain and resident of Pembroke Pines has been getting a lot of press. His recent show, "De Mar y La Tierra," at the Broward County Public Library in downtown Ft. Lauderdale has been hailed as a tremendous success by patrons and staff alike. A native of Mariel, a port in Cuba, Gonzalez often relies on memories and experiences from childhood to create his magical menagerie of creatures and caricatures. One of his greatest triumphs as an artist was a tribute instillation for Tsunami victims.

Gonzalez, who began his second career as an artist after retiring four years ago, finds inspiration for his interpretive work from many sources. "I see art in everything. I am attracted to movement, to shapes and to nature. Since my retirement, I've had time to reflect on life and to see people and things differently. I see my art as an extension of that. It lifts up people's souls."

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